Daily Debt: Let’s Talk Super Committee


So the debt ceiling deal is finally passed, and America is safe once more. But now there is an unknown, nameless, bodiless “super committee” that will be making the next round of cuts (and, hopefully, rescinding some Bush era tax cuts for millionaires along the way).  So who are these masked Congressfolk?

Depending on who gets the nod, we could see a whole different set of spending cuts.  But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has already promised that her nominees to the committee will not agree to any cuts to entitlement programs. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has discussed the idea of putting people in who might agree to some entitlement cuts, or at least have an “open mind,” but in light of the Republican leaders’ assurance that they will not allow “tax increases” in the next deal, either, he’s second guessing that move.

So who is being proposed, and who has already said no?  Nebraska’s Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson has already said he would not serve “as a matter of principle.” Virgina Democrat Sen. Mark Warner on the other hand would love to be on the committee, worried that the makeup would otherwise be of the “ideologically rigid in both parties.”

Republican Senator John McCain is pushing Ohio Senator Rob Portman for a Republican spot, saying the former Bush Office of Management and Budget head would be perfect for the group.  And some are floating the idea of giving Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords an “honorary chair” role in celebration of her return to the House during the debt vote.

Other likely nominees include Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Jon Kyl, and Rep. Dave Camp from the Republicans and Sen. Max Baucus and Rep. Chris Van Hollen.  The GOP has said not to expect any Republican who served on the Gang of Six, showing their solid refusal already to consider compromise.

Of course, there’s one other group making big plans for the “super committee” — the lobbyists.  K Street is already reminding groups worried about losing their tax loopholes that the time to rally to keep those holes open is now.
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Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer6 years ago

Cutting spending on, so called, entitlements is ineffective for addressing the deficit. Cutting programs that support the low and middle class will further strain both who don’t even receive lower prices as a result of the U.S. job losses and create a disconnect that will end in another financial collapse. The justification for attacking government benefits as opposed to raising taxes is the creation of jobs. But where?

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better

Juliet D.
judith sanders6 years ago

On thing you can do is call your Comgressperson. If Grover Norquist doesn't live in your district, then any promise made to him should be discarded.

Go to Stephen Colbert's Super Pac site- you don't have to donate, though a couple of bucks would be nice. Click on the yellow bar marked "I stand for" and type in "repealing Citizens United," the Supreme Court ruling that gave corporations the ability to dominate our election process.

John B.
John B6 years ago

The Super Committee is merely putting the word super in front of another dud governmental committee to allow elected officials to think that they are doing something constructive for the nation when they will never do one worthwhile thing.

Cathy K.
Cathy Koch6 years ago

I think the Super Committee should be made up of 3 Republicans, 3 Democrats and 6 ordinary people. You know the ones living the life, not the fantasy lives the representatives live in. I want to be on the SC! I'm disabled and live on SS. I have lost all my savings paying what Medicare doesn't. I have to decide from month to month what medicines I can pay for and if there will be anything left over for food. No raises in SS for 2 years have me starting out in the hole at the beginning of the year because co-pays and deductibles, a hole I can't get out of. I was diagnosed 4 years ago with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer and almost died, 6 months of chemo broke my bank and almost me. I'm still cancer free but obviously there are no guarantees and god forbid, if I get sick again well I'll have to make the really hard decision on whether I'll go for treatment or just die. Another illness and I'll have no other option but bankruptcy.
I believe 6 ordinary joes on the SC might break through the mindset of these people who have no clue what ordinary American people go through. Somewhere along the way they have forgotten who they work for and where they too came from!
While America is in financial crises I believe the representatives and senators should not be given raises, month long vacations and all the other goodies ordinary folks never see.
We need to get back to basics!
Would you put me on the Super Committee?

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago


Hope S.
Hope Sellers6 years ago

No Super Committee; let the people decide by vote.

Igor M.
Igor m6 years ago

Don H.,

With all due respect, have you heard of Citizens United? Recall Obama's reference to it in his State of the Union 2010? They already took care of everything.

The committee will be an ugly bull fight with no practical outcome. So, on Thanksgiving those who are yet able to afford a turkey we'll be choking on it.

This debate sounds so stupid and irresponsible that pulling straws seems to be as good a method of picking members, as any.

Paul B.
Paul B6 years ago

Douglas, We could make it like NASCAR where all their sponsors buy space on their suit. Their offices would be adorned with all the regalia of those same sponsors so everyone knows who are their biggest and most prominant sponsors. That way, when asked for a vote or opinion. we would know who they are representing... because We the People are the last ones on their list.

It would make the senate and house floors much more lively and colorful as well. They can incorporate catchy slogans to go along with their speeches. It would make watching hearing much more enjoyable. I am liking it more all the time.

Sharon H.
Sharon H6 years ago

Don H...
LOVE your idea, and Douglas, love you addition to it. I'm all for it!

Steven T.
Steve Trammell6 years ago

In my opinion, this so slled super group will be a dud. Instead of 12 poiticians (6 from each side) how about a super committee of real citizens, people who will be affected by the recommendations. And make sure the lobbiest don't know who they are.